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Friday FAQs on O&G
Answers to frequently asked questions provided by the Obstetrics & Gynecology editorial staff.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Denise Shields, Manuscript Editor
Denise Shields, Manuscript Editor
 
Obstetrics & Gynecology publishes two case report supplements per year, with the February and August issues.
 
The answer to the question, “When is the best time to submit case reports for the February and August supplements?” is:  Anytime! The journal accepts manuscripts and schedules them on a rolling basis. However, if you are looking to have your manuscript published in a specific issue, keep in mind that the journal publishes most articles within 6 months (from submission-to-publication).
 
Note that our 6-month turnaround is based on manuscripts already published and is subject to change.  For more detailed information on turnaround time for manuscripts submitted to the journal, refer to Randi Zung’s March 2013 blog entry.
 
We look forward to receiving your next case report submission!

Friday, April 11, 2014
Denise Shields, Manuscript Editor
Denise Shields, Manuscript Editor
 
As stated in our Instructions for Authors, Obstetrics & Gynecology supports "Responsible reporting of research studies, which includes a complete, transparent, accurate and timely account of what was done and what was found during a research study..." To that end, Obstetrics & Gynecology requires that manuscripts follow standardized reporting guidelines. These guidelines are even valuable while a study is being conducted.
 
It is important to remember that the checklists associated with these guidelines need to be submitted with your manuscript, especially for randomized controlled trials. We ask that authors use the following guidelines when drafting their manuscripts:

Indicate on the checklist the page numbers in the manuscript where the required information is provided. For the MOOSE guideline, describe where the required information is provided in your cover letter.

Please address all items recommended by the guidelines. Where this is not possible, please provide an explanation in the text to give a transparent account of your study. If there are items on the checklist you cannot attest to, please provide an explanation in your cover letter.

For more information, see our Instructions for Authors or send us an e-mail at obgyn@greenjournal.org.


Friday, April 04, 2014
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
 
If your study was sponsored by a research funding agency—such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—you may be contractually bound to deposit your article into a public repository. Obstetrics & Gynecology has a simple mechanism to make sure you fulfill that requirement.
 
As a service to our authors, our publisher, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), works with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to ensure that postprints* of articles based on research funded either wholly or partially by the NIH, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Wellcome Trust, or certain other funding agencies are deposited into PubMed Central (PMC) or UK PubMed Central, where they’re accessible to the public free of charge.
 
The key to making sure your article’s postprint is properly deposited into PMC is found on the third page of the journal’s Author Agreement Form, under heading C: “Public Access Policy” Funding Disclosure. When you check the applicable box, you indicate to our publisher that your paper needs to be deposited, and LWW initiates the process.
 
Author Agreement
 
You should note that the NIH requires a postprint to be deposited into PMC within 1 year after the publication of the final article; the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Wellcome Trust’s deadlines are 6 months after final publication.
 
Close to deadline, and can’t find your article PMC? Contact Jean McHale at LWW at jean.mchale@wolterskluwer.com. Be sure to include the title of your article and the publication date.
 
For more information about our postprint deposit policy, see Section III of the author agreement form. As always, send any questions about journal procedures to obgyn@greenjournal.org. Thanks for reading!
 
*Defined as the final Manuscript after peer-review and acceptance for publication but prior to the publisher's copyediting, design, formatting, and other services.

Friday, March 28, 2014
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
 
As you might have noticed, the Green Journal brought back our exciting new Clinical Expert Series feature this year. But did you know these articles are also available in Spanish?
 
As a service to our global readers, Obstetrics & Gynecology offers free Spanish translations of the Clinical Expert Series, a popular feature in which experts weigh in on the hottest topics in their specialty. These translated articles are available online and open-access, meaning anyone anywhere can read them for free at any time.
 
Check out our archive of translated articles here, and check back each month for a new article. ¡Muchas gracias a nuestros lectores Latinos!

Friday, March 21, 2014
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
Raquel Christie, Editorial Assistant
 
Taken a unique photo that could be enlightening to other practitioners? Crafted a painting or illustration that tells a story about the field of women’s health? Let your artwork make an impact by submitting it for publication on the cover of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
 
This month’s cover, now live on our homepage, features “A bursting moment” by Drs. Zwi Hoch and Vikas Merchia. The vividly colored photograph captures a fascinating moment in surgery: a fallopian tube just moments before eruption.
 
Apr 2014 cover
 
The Green Journal considers all genres of art as potential cover artwork, including drawings, paintings, micrographs, and diagrams. Last December’s cover presented “The Abruption” by Ryan M. McAdams, a haunting acrylic painting depicting the emotion surrounding an unexpected stillbirth. The artist also submitted a poem describing the motivation behind his painting.
 
Dec 2013 Cover
 
Think your art has what it takes? Send it to obgyn@greenjournal.org, or mail it to us at Obstetrics & Gynecology, 409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. Or, if you’re submitting a manuscript with potential cover material, tell us about it in your cover letter. (Alternatively, if a figure in your manuscript catches our eye, we might contact you to see if you’d be interested in having it on our cover.)
 
We look forward to your submissions!
About the Author

Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Staff
The Obstetrics & Gynecology Editorial Staff is responsible for facilitating the peer-review process, supporting the editors, and responding to queries from authors, reviewers, and readers. The current staff comprises Rebecca S. Benner (director and managing editor), Denise Shields (manuscript editor), Stephanie Casway (production editor), Randi Y. Zung (editorial assistant), and Raquel Christie (editorial assistant). To contact the editorial office, call 202-314-2317 or e-mail obgyn@greenjournal.org.

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